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Nativity Set FAILS: Shotgun Shell Baby Jesus, Spam Manger and More!

By carolyncastiglia |

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Ah, the manger scene! It’s one of my favorite memories of my childhood Christmases. From setting up the small nativity on top of my grandmother’s buffet to seeing the almost life-size nativity statues in church, I remember a sense of awe surrounding the baby Jesus’ creche and all of his human and animal admirers. The three wise men always looked so majestic next to the piously bowed heads of the sheep and donkeys.

Given the holy nature of the nativity, you wouldn’t expect such a revered set of objects to be made from things like bacon, marshmallows and shotgun shells, but these totally bizarre nativity sets are made from all that and more:

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Nativity Set FAILS: Shotgun Shell Baby Jesus, Spam Manger and More!

Piggy Nativity

Oink! Not kosher.

Photos and inspiration are courtesy of Mark Oestreicher, who is a partner in The Youth Cartel, which provides services and resources for individual youth workers and organizations. He’s also the author of Understanding Your Young Teen: Practical Wisdom for Parents, and in his spare time, he’s been adding to his photo collection of the tackiest and weirdest nativity sets of all time. Go check out his site to see tons more of the craziest, ugliest, most bizarre nativity sets you’ll ever set your eyes on.

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Carolyn Castiglia is a New York-based comedian/writer wowing audiences with her stand-up and freestyle rap. She’s appeared in TONY, The NY Post, The Idiot’s Guide to Jokes and Life & Style. You can find Carolyn’s writing elsewhere online at and The Huffington Post. Read bio and latest posts → Read Carolyn's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Nativity Set FAILS: Shotgun Shell Baby Jesus, Spam Manger and More!

  1. diane caso says:

    Bears kind of cute…some of the others are just plain weird.

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